I drew this quite a few years back, probably with a flurry..in a hurry; which was often the case, in a household with four young sons.(Young men now!) I used a watercolour graphite pencil. Just a little water brushed on the line work, creates lovely grey washes.
Today, as I looked at this drawing, tacked up in my kitchen; it just seemed to gel with some of my thoughts and feelings…which then, percolated and brewed into a haiku. 🙂 Is it a self portrait? Not really, probably elements of me…I talk more about that in “About Drawing Faces”.
Gathering ideas for a poem or picture can be quite a mysterious process sometimes!
I took the drawing down, added a teeny bit more pencil around the eyes and the symbol of the cross. I resisted the urge to remove some of the squiggly lines near the nose and eyes..hmm, perhaps I should change the mouth a bit. Even years later, it’s difficult to know, when an artwork is finished!
With the “Scanner Pro” app I scanned it into my iPad. I then, imported it from “Photos”, into the”Tayasui Sketches” app, where I used a gentle wash of white paint around the edges.
I wanted to bring it together – in form and feeling – with my haiku, to create a haiga. So next I took it into “Phonto” and typed in the text. I think it worked out alright; I quite like the sepia tone that’s crept in…I’ll print it out soon; it’ll be interesting to see it tacked up beside the original drawing.
A blessed day to all of you. 🙂